First of all, I think it’s an insult to the soldiers in the field to give a politician the Medal of Honor (for UK Dopers, the Congressional Medal of Honor is equivalent to Britain’s Victoria Cross). Fortunately, Tony Blair seems to realize this. I also think it’s shamelessly cynical of the Bushies to present America’s highest medal to a foreign politician simply for the photo op during an election campaign. Once again, Tony Blair also seems to realize this and is refusing to allow himself to be used in such a manner.
It seems like relations between Downing and the White House are getting more strained lately. I think Blair feels like he got suckered into Iraq and that he isn’t going to be Bush’s poodle any more (at least I hope so).
I say good on Blair. Does anybody disagree?